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Cigar of the Day: CAO La Traviata

2 Comments 01 June 2010

CAO La Traviata

A good cigar doesn’t have to be expensive. Whereas some cigar lovers have a very narrow appreciation for what they like in a cigar, I have a fairly wide appreciation. That doesn’t mean I walk blindly into the humidor and pick up just any cigar. It does mean, however, that although I like some really premium cigars that cost over $20, I also enjoy some $5 cigars.

In April, I was introduced to a new to me cigar. I always enjoy trying something different, even it’s just to find I didn’t like it. Like a friend of mine once said, “Try everything at least once. How else will you know you didn’t like it?” @iMyriam

The cigar I was introduced to is the CAO La Traviata. It debuted at the 2009 International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association Trade Show in New Orleans, August 2009. However, I never smoked it until a few weeks ago. I really enjoyed this cigar and I’ve smoked about half a box of them since I had the first one. I smoked one, in the Intrepido size (7” x 54), while watch the Indy 500 on Sunday. A big cigar with great flavor in a great medium to full bodied strength for only $5.95.

From CAO Cigars
Escape with La Traviata

The La Traviata brand began its life at the turn of the 20th century in Cuba or, more precisely, in the Tabacalera Cubana, Agramonte no. 106, in Havana. To this day, Tabacalera Cubana is fondly remembered as a factory that adhered to the traditional principles of Cuban cigar craftsmanship.

Over 100 years later, CAO has resurrected the La Traviata name, abiding closely to its original Cuban roots in presentation and taste. The La Traviata vista harkens back to the era of the pre nationalization Havana cigar while the tobaccos utilized are a modern marriage blended with the express purpose of recreating the classic old world Havana flavor profile.

Displaying a sumptuous Colorado brown Ecuadorian wrapper, the cigar entices both the visual senses as well as the olfactory, with a pepper and leather pre light nose. From the first pull the cigar bursts with a spicy, rich texture of velvety smoke. The plate is medium – to full-bodied, showing a character that is intense but round. Flavors of cedar, anise, and black pepper shine through and softly evolve into lush and creamy finish.

Manufactured at CAO Fabrica de Tabacos in Esteli, Nicaragua, CAO La Traviata is packaged in 24 count boxes and is available in three shapes: Divina (5″ x 50) Radiane (6″ x 52) and Intrepido (7″ x 54). Suggested retail price range of $4.95 to $5.75 per cigar.

Ask for it at your local tobacconist. If you need to locate one, click here now.

La Traviata – Anatomy

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